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Super Bowl Scoring: Pick the Best Football Player Houses, the Quarterfinals

The Seattle Seahawks may have lost to the Carolina Panthers in the playoffs, getting knocked out of the race to Super Bowl 50, but the Seahawks completely dominated in the first round of real estate match ups in our quest to find the most lavish NFL player home. All three Seattle players advanced to the next round, while Carolina's star quarterback Cam Newton was handily defeated. In the AFC, Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Denver Broncos, also lost, but his teammate DeMarcus Ware made it through to the quarterfinals. Eight players from six different teams remain. Who will make it to the AFC and NFC championship games? Will Russell Wilson and his 10,000-square-foot mansion make it all the way? Can DeMarcus Ware sack Tom Brady? Let's find out.

Tom Brady vs. DeMarcus Ware
Rob Gronkowski vs. Alex Smith
Russell Wilson vs. Reggie Bush
Marshawn Lynch vs. Richard Sherman

The AFC Quarterfinals

Tom Brady vs. DeMarcus Ware:

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his Brazilian supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen built their nearly 14,000-square-foot house (↑) in Los Angeles in 2011, but sold it just 3 years later to Dr. Dre. The palatial, French chateau-style pad graced the pages of Architectural Digest, which called the estate—which was designed by Richard Landry and had a moat, swimming pool, and gardens—"idyllic."

Meanwhile, Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware's former home outside Fort Worth, Texas—when he played for the Dallas Cowboys—was a 10,000-square-foot English-style spread (↓) in the Fort Worth suburb of Colleyville. It offered ample space for entertaining indoors or out, with a "wine porch," a putting-chipping green, and an outdoor pool with pool house and game room.

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Rob Gronkowski vs. Alex Smith:

In his AFC first round match up, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski beat out Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore in the duel of lavish Florida mansions. Now, the Gronk's once-upon-a-time waterfront party pad (↑) will face off against Kansas Chiefs QB Alex Smith and his former French villa-inspired Bay Area home (↓).

It's like comparing apples to oranges—well, more like man-cave luxuries (wood-paneled elevator! Built-in fish tanks!) to a homey, rustic-chic appeal (hello, 100-year-old reclaimed wood beams)—but the battle is on, and you get to decide who moves on.

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The NFC Quarterfinals

Russell Wilson vs. Reggie Bush:

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's $6.7M mansion (↑) in Bellevue, WA absolutely dominated in the first round and it's not hard to see why. Formerly owned by a Microsoft bigwig, the 10,700-square-foot home with a classy stucco exterior and lush surroundings comes with seven bedrooms, five fireplaces, and views of Lake Washington and downtown Seattle.

But is it enough to trump San Francisco 49ers running back Reggie Bush's former Hollywood party pad (↓)? In addition to uninterrupted views of the L.A. skyline and Pacific Ocean, the 5,000-square-foot home also includes a pool with BBQ and lounge areas on extensive decking, upgraded home theater system, and a top-floor master bedroom suite with its own terrace lounge.

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Marshawn Lynch vs. Richard Sherman:

Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman never have to compete on the field, but their sprawling mansions must go head-to-head in the quarterfinals of our real estate Super Bowl. Lynch's a $3.6M Bay Area home (↑) sits right by the harbor, and features five bedrooms home, a wine cellar, home theater, elevator, and expansive glass walls with gorgeous bay views. It also comes with a 58-foot long boat dock.

Sherman lives closer to Seattle, in a $2.3 million house (↓) in Maple Valley, Washington. The 9,345-square-foot, four-bedroom pad features such fancy amenities as a billiards room, basketball court, and indoor pool and hot tub, as well as a "personal beauty salon."

Poll results

· Super Bowl 50 coverage [SB Nation]